Ea - _Ea Taesse_
(Solitude Productions, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (9 out of 10)
The available info regarding this enigmatic funeral doom act appears to be limited to the fact that this is their debut album and that their country of origin is the USA. That's what I managed to obtain after a thorough search -- even the band members' names or pseudonyms are unknown; even the number of members! What little information can be gleamed about this release is that this is their debut album and is "based on the sacral texts of ancient civilisations", and that "these texts were composed using the dead language recreated on the basis of results of archaeological researches".

I can only speculate as to what these texts may be, but given that Ea is the Babylonian god of the sea, perhaps ancient Babylonian texts formed the lyrical basis for this album. Ea is an apt choice of deity, given the numerous poetical works that use water as a metaphor for exploring the very same emotions as the average doom band -- those of sadness, mourning and loss. The actual contents of these "sacral texts" are unknown, but one can only assume that the more depressive sections serve as inspiration.

Ea initially strike as being cut form the same tree of funeral doom as labelmates Comatose Vigil, but there is more happening in their lengthy compositions; the rhythms are more dynamic, the sense of great loss is more overwhelming, and the keys sound more despondent, creating a more claustrophobic atmosphere most of their ilk can only dream of attaining. And I do mean lengthy -- although there are three tracks, they are essentially three parts of one gargantuan track, and the separation is really just there for the listener's convenience.

There is nothing to be embarrassed about here; come out and show yourselves, boys.

Contact: http://solitude-prod.com

(article published 24/7/2007)

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